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Nine trendy kitchen ideas: Style meets tech advances

Here are nine hot trends for today's kitchens. Home and Garden Television

Freestyle: Because we're spending more time in the kitchen, there is a move away from the all-or-nothing "fitted" look of continuous counters. Look for more freestanding pieces of furniture or features with furniture-like qualities, like cabriole legs holding up a kitchen counter.

Artistic upgrades: In the ongoing effort to customize kitchens, almost anything goes. Now range hoods are works of art, literally. Already beautiful as well as functional, hoods can now be customized with panels you choose. Cupboard doors can be replaced with accent doors.

Going green: Eco-friendly products aren't going to go out of style anytime soon. And now there are more ways that you can go green in the kitchen, too, from energy-efficient dishwashers to environmentally sound flooring options made of reclaimed wood and tile.

Oh-so-organic: Forget straight lines and right angles; organic shapes are in. Not only are rounded shapes visually pleasing, they also encourage a more natural circular traffic flow. Imagine never bumping into a sharp corner again.

Asian fusion: There is nothing like Zen comforts to help us unwind. Look for drawer pulls reminiscent of bamboo, built-in teriyaki grills and Japanese-style sliding pantry doors.

Drawer designs: Move over refrigerator drawers and dishwasher drawers, and say hello to the microwave drawer. Yes, that handy appliance, popcorn button and all, now comes in a drawer.

High tech: Advances in technology continue to offer us out-of-this-world options, including an oven that can be programmed to keep food cold until it's cooking time. You can even change the cooking directions from your office computer. Don't have enough freezer space? High-tech can help you turn a fridge drawer into a freezer in no time. (In the bathroom, high tech can also raise the toilet seat when it sees you coming and clean the shower when you're not around.)

Built-ins: Built-ins are convenient and sleek, must-haves in today's kitchens. Think steamers and strainers, high-end coffee makers, professional ice machines and wine coolers, knife racks, spice holders, ring holders, fondue pots and ice beds for shrimp.

Glass acts: Glass is everywhere in today's kitchens — on cook tops, refrigerators and cabinet doors.

Nine trendy kitchen ideas: Style meets tech advances 09/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 5:30am]

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